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Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) for 25 years and endowed professor, has announced he plans to step down from the directorship and return to the faculty.

As a driving safety researcher of 35 years, Dingus has dedicated his life’s work to improving and innovating roadway safety and transportation technologies. He has managed more than $800 million in external research funding in his career, including $150 million as a principal investigator, from more than 100 public and private sector sponsors to impact transportation safety nationally and globally.

Dingus is the Newport News Shipbuilding Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics and the president of VTT LLC Inc., a nonprofit, university-affiliated corporation of Virginia Tech Foundation that operates the Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation.

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